If Turtles Ruled

Contest Info

  • Started: 5/20/2010 11:10
  • Ended: 5/23/2010 17:20
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 39
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
If Turtles Ruled
Contest Directions: May 23 is World Turtle Day. Established by American Tortoise Rescue in 2000, World Turtle Day is aimed at bringing world's attention to turtles, and helping them survive and thrive. American Tortoise Rescue encourages people to dress up as turtles on World Turtle Day and to save turtles caught on highways.
To celebrate World Turtle Day at Freaking News, show how the world would be different if turtles ruled, merge turtles with other animals or people, including turtles in paintings, etc. We will allow any type of turtles, even the human-created ones from cartons and movies (like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

Contest Info

    • Started: 5/20/2010 11:10
    • Ended: 5/23/2010 17:20
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 39
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
39 pictures
  • Turtle Soldier

    Turtle Soldier
  • Turtle Angel Love

    Turtle Angel Love
  • Turtle Underwater Ship

    Turtle Underwater Ship
  • Cyborg Turtle Beetle

    Cyborg Turtle Beetle
  • Monster Turtle Car

    Monster Turtle Car
  • Turtle Playing a Banjo

    Turtle Playing a Banjo
  • Turtle With a House Flying in the Sky

    Turtle With a House Flying in the Sky
  • Scary Turtle Man

    Scary Turtle Man
  • Turtles Flying in Space

    Turtles Flying in Space
  • Turtle Burger with Parsley

    Turtle Burger with Parsley
39 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Ages passed, the dinosaurs became extinct, man and other highly-organized mammals appeared but the life of turtles armored with shells has changed very little. But now their clever harness does not protect them from people's invasion. Sea turtles are dying entangled in trawling nets or after consuming plastic bags that are mistaken for jellyfish. The coastal areas, which were earlier considered safe for laying eggs, have turned into noisy beaches. Terrestrial tortoises are trafficked by smugglers in thousands for sale in pet shops and restaurants. Exhausted reptiles are regularly confiscated from poachers, who supply animals from Central Asia, Vietnam, and Indonesia to China, Korea and other countries Scotch tape is used to wrap the shell of the turtle, packed like potatoes in bags and boxes, or even tied with strings to trouser belts, legs, arms and stuffed into pockets! Turtles are considered to be extremely enduring but it's not quite true en route, they suffer from dehydration and cold and often these reptiles can no longer return to a normal life. Turtles develop very slowly - until they reach middle age, some may be successful to have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and happily depart into "animal paradise". Due to their low reproductive performance and the long time to mature, the killing of even one turtle causes the loss of an entire population. The Steppe or Central Asian tortoise and the Red-eared turtle are often used as pet animals. The Central Asian tortoise (Testudo horsfieldi) is a peace loving creature, very similar to wind up toy. Once as I walked in the city I suddenly found a small turtle coming from opposite direction. It happened in Bishkek, the capital of hot Kyrgyzstan. This pleasant creature lived freely for two years in a court yard of my house. While leaving for Moscow, I certainly could not take the turtle with me, though I did not like to part with my cold-blooded friend. If there is no possibility to equip a terrarium with preheating up to plus 30oC and daily check the state of health of the pet, then it is not recommended to have a live pet in the house. To date, many do not know how to take care of the reptiles and raise animals simply on an apartment floor, without noticing, as they gradually die within three to five years. Breeding tortoises is extremely unfavorable, so, while purchasing an animal, it is necessary to remember that it is captured in nature. It is not excluded that, it could be the Central Asian tortoise, very similar to the Spur-thighed tortoise (Testudo graeca Nikolskii). You can distinguish them by the number of claws on the front paws - the Central Asian tortoise has four while the Spur-thighed tortoise has five claws. Spur-thighed turtles are listed as an endangered species and now it is increasingly difficult to find them in the Krasnodar Territory. Project "Attention, Turtle!" with the support of "Federal Services for Supervision of Natural Resources Usage" is founded as part of the conservation of this rare species. Last spring, a meeting was held on the issue of spur-thighed turtles in Krasnodar. Man is conquering more and more land from nature, so to save the turtles, it is especially important to provide them new protected areas. Once, it was decided to buy turtles for children as pets. Then, it became known that keeping the turtles in the house is rather troublesome work, which requires special skills and huge expenditures. So, should the turtles be given to children as gifts? The Red-eared slider (Pseudemys scripta) will be perfect for home. However, it is necessary to take utmost care while buying such a pet. The tiny turtle with bright red spots near the eardrums is touching, but over time, it grows into a big 1kg reptile, for which a 30 liter aquarium will be clearly insufficient. Like most aquatic turtles, the red-eared slider is a predator. In contrast to Central Asian turtles, it does not feed on cabbage and it is better not to keep fingers in its mouth. Several times, I saw people giving back the grown-up turtles to the pet shop, because they bit negligent owners. "Common snapping turtles" eat a lot, pollute water, injure each other in the most unlikely places (from clutches to the reproductive organs) - in general, they are very troublesome pets. In the warm America and South-East Asia, the bothersome "toy" is simply released into a pond. As a result, this aggressor type turtle has outpaced the more rare turtles. This "evil" creature has some positive features too - for example, the male cares for the female turtle. In the spring, the love-dreaming male does not obviously fall on the first female, it encounters. To begin with, the male turtle gallantly swims up to the snout of the chosen one, and tickles the cheeks of the female with its front paws. They pair in the waters - the female swims, as expected with the "face" forward and the male lover "turns on" from the back. Water turtles are found in Russia too with one of the species on the brink of extinction. This is Trionyx sinensis from the family of soft-bodied turtles. Trionyx sinensis can still be found in the waters of the Primorye and Amur Region. The appearance is very original - the snout is elongated, like a muskrat, the fingers are equipped with large webbing and the soft shell is like a flattened pan, which is blackened due to age.